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From: TSS ()
Subject: Commission approves new BSE tests, opening up competition in the field
Date: February 16, 2005 at 2:36 pm PST

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Subject: Commission approves new BSE tests, opening up competition in the field
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:23:07 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Reference: MEX/05/0216 Date: 16/02/2005
EXME05 / 16.2
MIDDAY EXPRESS
News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse et
Communication
Commission approves new BSE tests, opening up competition in
the field
The European Commission today approved seven new rapid BSE tests :
CediTect BSE test, Enfer TSE Kit
version 2.0, IDEXX HerdChek BSE Antigen Test Kit (EIA), Institut
Pourquier Speed'it BSE, Prionics Check
PrioSTRIP, Roboscreen Beta Prion BSE EIA Test Kit, Roche Applied Science
PrionScreen.
This means that there are now a total of 12 tests that can be used to
monitor BSE, which considerably
opens up competition in this field. Following a laboratory evaluation
carried out by the Commission and
subsequent field trials carried out by the test producers under the
supervision of the Joint Research
Centre (JRC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommended that
the seven new tests should
be approved for use. The tests are designed to detect BSE in brain
material collected from animals at the
slaughterhouse or which have died on the farm.
Until now, tests designed to detect BSE in live animals have not been
evaluated. In the EU all healthy
bovine cattle slaughtered at an age above 30 months and all fallen stock
above 24 months have to be
tested for BSE, with some derogations for some countries. The five
previously approved tests can also be
used to check for TSE in sheep and goats. Formal evaluations of
additional tests for this purpose are
ongoing.
For more information concerning BSE/TSE visit :
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biosafety/bse/index_en.htm
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/library/press011_en.pdf
TSS

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